Puppies Train To Be Drug and Bomb Search Dogs at Penn Vet

– [Voiceover] Someday,
this little guy could be a bomb-sniffing dog
with a SWAT team. In fact, Thunder has
now been training for almost three months. He’s in PennVet’s
Working Dog Center, class of 2013, the center’s first class. Along with seven classmates, he trains each day. They are all specially
selected dogs, groomed from a very young age, to work with police, military, or rescue search teams. – Whether it’s search and
rescue or cadaver work, the bombs, or narcotics, we’ll be able to imprint
them with the scent, or whoever buys them will
be able to imprint them with the scent. – [Voiceover] The puppies
go through intense physical training, and
learn important skills. They need to be able
to work effectively in difficult, and, sometimes,
dangerous situations. At first, the tasks are simple, like learning how to
climb and balance, but their work quickly
becomes more challenging. In this exercise, Kai
searches for a hidden tug, a piece of leather with
a recognizable scent. Local police help the
Working Dog Center by imprinting towels
with different scents, such as cocaine, or explosives. The dogs can then
learn these scents. Police do use the real thing
when imprinting a scent. The tug is hidden in the
floor, under the drain cover. Kai will indicate
that she’s found it by scratching at the area. – After they leave here,
they’ll probably attend a normal narcotics
school will be between ten and twelve weeks. Explosives can go anywhere
from ten to sixteen weeks. There’s a lot of
different scents that they have to be taught. – [Voiceover] This time,
Kai must find a person who is hidden in a barrel
at this construction site. Kai is trained to ignore
these people standing here. In a rescue situation,
she cannot be distracted by rescue workers. Here, Socks is looking
for the leather tug in a warehouse room. She will sit to indicate
that she’s found it. The sit indicator is important for searches for explosives. Search dogs must not
scratch at bombs, for obvious reasons. These dogs train
five days a week. Foster parents take
the dogs home at night, then return them each
morning for more school. The dogs train here
for about a year.

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